«Twenty years ago, in November 1985, Windows 1.0 debuted with approximately 400 documented function calls. Ten years later, Windows 95 had well over a thousand.
Today we are ready for the official release of the
.NET Framework 2.0. Tabulating only MSCORLIB.DLL and those assemblies that begin with word System, we have over 5,000 public classes that include over 45,000 public methods and 15,000 public properties, not counting those methods and properties that are inherited and not overridden. A book that simply listed the names, return values, and arguments of these methods and properties, one per line, would be about a thousand pages long.»